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Burgundy Deluxe Cycling Break
Start / FinishDijon / Beaune
Distance52 miles/84 kms
A deluxe cycling holiday in Burgundy! Cycle along quiet roads and cycle paths following the ‘Route de Grands Cruz’, through many great appellations of Burgundy wine. Sample some delightful wines and traditional local cuisine along the way. Each night you will stay in first-class accommodation.
Start in the wonderful city of Dijon and head into the heart of Burgundy country. Cycle through traditional villages and towns, past wonderful Chateaux and mansions such as teh wonderful Gevrey-Chambertin. Wine is the focus and some of the most famous ‘climats’ are found here. The most famous, centred around Nuits-Saint-Georges is in the Côte de Nuits, where 24 of the 33 grands crus of Burgundy are found, and it produces mostly red wine. The Côte de Beaune, further south, produces a mix of red and white.
You are surrounded by distinctive vineyard landscape, vineyards stretching into the distance punctuated with quaint, old villages steeped in wine culture.
The cycle route is mainly flat with a few small hills along the way and is suitable for anyone with an average level of fitness.
Itinerary & Map
The route is mainly flat with only a few small hills along the way. Anyone with an average level of fitness will enjoy this cycling holiday.
Day 1: Arrive Dijon .
Upon arrival make your way to your first class hotel. After check-in you are free to relax or explore the city. Dijon is a vibrant, walkable city with a wealth of great shops, restaurants and bars and a really welcoming vibe to it. There are many museums, churches and traditional buildings to discover including the Palais des Ducs and the church of Notre Dame. We suggest you follow the ‘Owl’s Trail’ which highlights 22 key points of interest in the city. Legend has it that if you want some good luck you need to find the tiny stone sculpture of the owl at the Notre Dame church, touch it with your left and make a wish!
Day 2: Dijon – Vougeot/Gilly le Citeaux, 16 Miles/25 kms
Leaving Dijon behind, you navigate your way out of the city and cycle into the countryside where the Route des Grands Crus begins. Arrive into the region of Gevrey- Chambertin, the largest appellation in Côte de Nuits, Pinot Noir country, and where you find some of France’s most famous wines including Vosne-Romanée, Fixin, Chambertin-clos-de-Bèze, Flagey-Echézeaux, Vougeot and Richebourg. Cycle on through the wine regions of Morey Saint Denis, Chambolle-Musigny and Vougeot with vineyards all along the way on either side of you offering breathtaking scenery and crisp, fresh air!
Time permitting we highly recommend stopping for a leisurely lunch at Chez Guy, a wonderful restaurant in the charming village of Gevrey-Chambertin before cycling the last 6 kilometers to your overnight stay in the village of Vougeot.
Day 3: Vougeot / Gilly le Cîteaux – Beaune: 17 miles/26 kms
This morning you will cycle through the delightful village of Nuit St Georges and then on to the the small city of Beaune, the Capital of the Burgundy wine lands. There is plenty to see and do here. On a single ticket you can visit the fine arts museum as well as the rather good wine museum. The famous Hospices de Beaune, a hospital built in the 15th century to look after Beaune’s poor and sick is also very interesting as is the Athénaeum, a bookshop, shop and wine cellar dedicated to the art of wine making. A tour of the extensive Patriarche Wine Cellars concludes with an opportunity to taste the product.
We also recommend a visit to La Moutarderie, a mustard manufacturer run by the Fallot family. You can learn how mustard was made and developed throughout the years. There is also a fabulous shop where you can sample and buy a huge variety of delicious mustards.
Day 4: Beaune roundtrip, 22 miles/35 kms
A loop tour today as you cycle into the countryside and discover the fairy-tale castle of La Rochepot, overlooking the village. It is a photo opportunity not to be missed – take the back road from St Aubin but be careful of other cyclists who tend to stop quite abruptly at times to take photos! Cycle back to Beaune via the Côte de Beaune vineyards through the best-known winemaking villages such as Puligny-Montrachet, Meursault, Pommard. Your last night is spent in Beaune.
Day 5: End of trip
After breakfast it’s time to check-out and head for home or your next adventure.
Dates & Prices
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|Arrivals daily from 01 April to 30 September|
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Board basis: Bed & Breakfast
A wine tasting session
Maps and route information
Bike hire (see supplements)
Extra night Dijon, double/twin (£184)
Extra night Beaune, double/twin (£152)
Bike hire, includes lock and pannier (£109)
Electric bike (£195)
* Single: only applicable when travelling with minimum of 2 people
Deposit per person £100
The bikes provided on this tour are modern alloy framed, hybrid models with 21 speeds and comfortable saddle with upright riding position. The bikes also come equipped with rear pannier, handlebar bag, lock, repair kit, and map holder.
Electric bikes, smaller framed children’s bikes, trailers and tag-a-longs are also available.
We suggest you bring your own helmet for safety and hygiene reasons. Alternatively, helmets are provided on arrival.
Below you will find examples of the types of accommodation typically used on this tour. Please note that the hotels we book for you may differ slightly from those described but they will certainly be of a similar standard.
Deluxe: 4 nights in first class hotels.